Most NYC schools aren’t trying to track online attendance — or trying to do anything at all, really

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With Mayor de Blasio keeping all middle and high schools closed for now, most New York City students are learning from home . . . or at least they’re supposed to be. But the Department of Education has been struggling with rising levels of “online truancy.”

According to Monday’s DOE attendance record, 134 schools had no contact with at least a quarter of their online learners. Another 69 schools simply provided no data on remote attendance.

And it’s actually worse than that: Standards for “attendance” vary; some schools will mark even a student who fails to e-attend class as “present” if the kid merely responds to a text or email at some point in the day.

So the true overall daily absentee rate for both in-person and remote students is surely far worse than the 11 percent (121,000 kids) that the DOE claims.

Nearly a year into the pandemic, Chancellor Richard Carranza’s team is still letting countless students fall through the cracks. That’s literally countless, since the DOE plainly has no idea what the real count is.

About half of all public schools are still all-remote, and “blended” students are still online-only at least half the time. And lots of kids don’t even pretend to show for these classes, while many others log in but then mentally check out, since the DOE has no real standards for what they need to learn during the crisis.

Bottom line: While a few heroic teachers and administrators struggle to make this more than a completely lost year of schooling, the system as a whole has completely given up.

Makes you wonder how hard Carranza & Co. try in normal times, doesn’t it?

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